Welcome to another Author Influences, I’m delighted to be joined by Ross Greenwood this week.
Which authors/books did you like to read as a child?
Anything and everything. All my dad’s books, even some of my mum’s. Worryingly I’m still a bit partial to the odd romantic saga set in Liverpool now.
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
I was one of the fastest to learn to read but then wasn’t particularly interested in reading Shakespeare and The Classics. I wanted action and easily accessible gore, not the colours of the drapes in pre-renaissance England.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
I can read anything and like to mix it up. I like the odd bit of fantasy and science fiction but it’s quite hard to find fantastic books, whereas I think there are loads of great crime and thriller writers out there.
If you were to write a different genre what would it be and why?
Science Fiction. I love Star Wars and Alien, and would love to do something in that style.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
Orson Scott Card’s twist in Ender’s Game got me going. I also loved the way Wilbur Smith transported you to a different time and place.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
I followed the Clan of the Cave Bear until the end but not generally in the past. Since signing with Bloodhound I’ve read more crime series books so I do now, and I also enjoy their thriller writers’ latest efforts.
Which books have you read that have made you think ’Wow, I wish I had written that’ and what was it about the book?
Oddly short books tend to stick in my memory. Some of Paolo Cuehlo’s are fantastic in their simplicity. I loved Of Mice and Men when I got round to it. I also like to read the odd life enhancing book such as The Power of Now and The Celestine Prophecy again to keep me grounded.
Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people? (Be careful, I don’t want you getting sued!)
Yeah, loads of my first book and plenty in others. I tend to be able to write quickly and more profoundly when drawing on past memories. Then they can be tweaked so they are more emphatic. This will hopefully stop them recognizing themselves and issuing the afore mentioned writ!
Thanks for taking part, Ross.
Ross’s latest book Fifty Years Of Fear is out now. Here’s what it’s about:
Could you forgive murder? What if it was something worse? A childhood accident robs Vincent of his memories, causing him to become sensitive and anxious around others. His differences attract bullies, and he comes to rely heavily on the support of his family. After the devastating loss of his parents, a remarkable woman teaches him to embrace life and, little by little, he realises the world is far more forgiving than he imagined. When fragments of his memory return, he begins to unravel his past. Who was his mother? What kind of a man is his brother, Frank? And why does death surround them? Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem. Perhaps he should have stayed at home.
About Ross Greenwood
I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.
I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I’m still a little stunned by the pace of it now.
Lazy Blood was started a long time ago but parenthood and then four years as a prison officer got in the way. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.
The Boy Inside followed and my latest book, Fifty Years of Fear, came out in October. Each book has different themes; Loyalty, Choices, and Forgiveness. The odd character crosses over but they can be read in any order.
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